Soprano Angela Meade made her professional debut in the role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera. Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Cellist and composer Erik Friedlander's new album is titled Claws & Wings. Angelo Merendino/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jim Bianco wants to write a song about you. Yes, you. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ravi Coltrane's favorite tune off his most recent album, Spirit Fiction, was written by longtime collaborator Ralph Alessi. Deborah Feingold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Emily Bear is a classical and jazz pianist. At 12, she is what many call a prodigy. Nick Suttle/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, is out now. Charles Howells/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For three years, jazz musician Vijay Iyer has worked with poet and performer Mike Ladd to set the words of war veterans to music. The resulting album, released earlier this month, is called Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The electronic band Chvrches comprises Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty (center) and Iain Cook. Stephanie Shim/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alan Jackson's The Bluegrass Album combines new originals with some staples of the genre. Russ Harrington/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Antonio Pompa-Baldi's new album is a tribute to Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf. Steinway & Sons hide caption

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Kings of Leon, left to right: Jared, Caleb, Matthew and Nathan Followill. Dan Winters/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album." Joseph Guay/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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?uestlove and The Roots play backing band to Elvis Costello on the new collaborative album Wise Up Ghost. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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